When I was growing up, I lived on a court where all of the neighbors knew one another. We didn’t just see each other come and go, we were involved in each other’s lives — birthday parties, block parties, weddings and funerals. We watched out for one another and I felt safe as a child visiting my next door neighbors, as well as my across the street and down the street neighbors.
When I married and my husband and I rented our first home, we knew a few of our neighbors. Living in an older community, most of our neighbors were elderly. The ones on either side of us would bring baked goodies from time to time, and sit on our porch swing for a spell admiring our first born. We in turn would help with yard work and work on cars.
Currently, we know our neighbor to the left and the one across the street. Times have changed and it’s harder to get to know people. Not many on our block have children, and if they do, they are not the same ages as ours. We try to engage them in conversation while borrowing flour or yard tools. But I’ve noticed that people are busy, or just don’t want to be bothered.
Yet, as a Christian, I believe it is my responsibility to continue to show God’s love and light to those around me. Not just those closest to me, but all of those neighbor’s He’s placed in our path. So we keep trying to engage, building trust and being vulnerable with our own lives.
I do miss the times I would knock on a neighbor’s door and she would invite me in for a cup of coffee and we would talk about family and life in general. I can have those times again. I just just need to be more intentional.
Perhaps I need to be the one to invite my neighbor over for coffee instead of waiting for the invitation.
How about you? Are you close with your neighbors?
This post is part of a 31 Day series entitled Embrace, where I will be sharing images, quotes and words that I hope will stir your soul. You can find each post in this series here. Together, let’s embrace every day and the beauty that each one holds.